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We’re excited about the recent launch of Velvet Orchid, the newest fragrance from designer Tom Ford. The Black Orchid perfume Tom Ford released in 2006 has been wildly popular, with fans falling for the intoxicating notes that made it unique.

Now, the brand puts a twist on the original to create a new scent that stands on its own. Both are deeply sensuous, with oriental florals that transport you directly into a balmy, exotic garden, but Velvet Orchid proves a more tender foil to Black Orchid’s femme fatale. Cool citrus, warm honey and spiced rum mix with dramatic petal notes that all combine for a lavish fragrance like none other.

Tom Ford’s Velvet Orchid is online now and hits stores later this month.

We’re excited about summer fragrances that not only smell great in the heat, but also evoke the perfect sunny retreat. We asked Sarah Zaret and Iris Brostowicz—two of our Beauty Stylists who specialize in fragrance—to spill on the most delectable new and classic scents inspired by summer memories.

Lei It On: Say, “summer vacation” and instantly an island getaway comes to mind. We all agree that nothing smells more like paradise than exotic flowers. Bronze Goddess from Estée Lauder teams classic suntan coconut with Tahitian gardenia. Sarah says it makes her want to turn up Ziggy Marley’s “Beach in Hawaii” for an instant mahalo moment. Eau de Lune by Laura Mercier picks mysterious plumeria to linger above other white florals and musk. The results? The perfect scent for an intimate island evening spent in a moonlit grotto. Iris loves BVLGARI Omnia Coral for a “fresh, fruity scent that somehow doesn’t overpower the senses on a sweltering day.” We bet the delicious combination of sparkling citrus with the allure of hibiscus will keep you cool in the cabana.

Stylist Tip: Summer gives perfume a one-two punch. Scents smell stronger on the skin, but sweat makes staying power take a dive. The solution? For easiest wear, opt for fragrances with excellent sillage but fewer spicy and sweet notes.

Island Longing: The noses at Bond No. 9 blended Shelter Island to recall every detail of a laid-back Long Island summer. Starting with an opulent opening of precious oud, shore-skimming marine notes quickly lure you to grab your weekender and escape the big city. Our experts love that this unisex scent satisfies both women and men looking to break out of their summer fragrance box.

Gold Coast: Feeling even more adventurous? Iris suggests Rive d’Ambre by Tom Ford for its “warm and compelling” notes. “It wraps the wearer in a blend of citrus fruits and amber. Based in essential oils, this perfume elevates daily fragrance,” she says. We couldn’t have made it sound any more daringly delicious.

Scent Staycation: Finally, for those of us who can’t get away, we can always take a journey of the mind with a great summer read. Iris cites The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende as a fave because it “pulls you into its complexities and fully entertains your mind. I would pair it with Oyédo by diptyque. It’s just as complex and fulfilling to the nose as the book is to the reader.”  Yuzu citrus lends its multifaceted Asian charm to this intricate olfactory treat, named after Edo, the former name of Tokyo.

For more summer fragrance suggestions—from fresh to floral to fruityvisit our Summer Scents Shop.

Photo credits: Mona Lee, Liz Marklewicz, Stefanie Frank, Marcie Rouman & Amy Morgan

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Dads are notoriously hard to shop for. That’s why, for the past few weeks, we’ve been rounding up inspiration from a few real dads here at Nordstrom HQ to create this handy mini gift guide for Father’s Day. Head over to the Men’s Shop Daily blog for ideas that help take the guesswork out of shopping for your Man of the Moment.

Of course, here at the Beauty Blog, we have a penchant for fragrance, so we can’t talk gifts without adding a short list of our favorite colognes du jour.

Valentino Uomo | Bvgari Aqva Amara | Versace Eros

Viktor & Rolf Spicebomb | Bottega Veneta Pour Homme | Salvatore Ferragamo Acqua Essenziale

Still feeling stumped? Find loads more for Dad in our Father’s Day Gift Shop.

Mother’s Day is just a week away, and while every mom is unique, you can never go wrong with a chic fragrance gift that she can enjoy all year. Whether yours prefers the classics or something a little more exotic, one of these distinctive beauty gift sets is sure to suit her special personality.

Tory-Burch-Eau-de-Parfum-Mothers-Day-Gift-SetTory Burch Eau de Parfum Mother’s Day Gift Set

A duet of sharp citrus and bright floral notes, Tory Burch’s debut namesake scent is an essential feminine fragrance that comes in a gorgeous bottle. Set includes eau de parfum and body lotion as well as an additional travel-size eau de parfum spray, all packaged in a sleek, polished box that’s perfect for gifting.

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With just a spritz of scent, you can join us on a journey of the senses where landmark destinations—from London to Tokyo— are the inspiration for intoxicating fragrances and fragrance picks.

Mamma Mia!Viktor & Rolf ‘Flowerbomb’ Eau de Parfum Spray & Valentino ‘Valentina’ Eau de Parfum

“Discover a brand new perfume or take a mini vacation from your signature scent,” says Kate Fannin, our Beauty Trend editor. “If scents can truly transport you, why not hop to Paris, London, New England, Tokyo or Italy with our destination-inspired perfume picks? No suitcase or passport required!”

Discover our top selected fragrances for spring in our Trending Now guide.

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“Irreverent and free-spirited, the Brit Rhythm woman combines a powerful femininity with a rock ‘n roll edge.” —Christopher Bailey, Burberry Chief Creative Officer

Now available at Nordstrom: Burberry Brit Rhythm for women—an iconic new fragrance from an iconic brand, and inspired by live music, youthful energy, sound and scent. Powdery and floral, it reflects a spontaneous, sensual femininity.

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The Look: Embody this fragrance by complementing with Burberry beauty products—think a modern smokey eye, natural lips and fresh skin with a subtle glow, for an effortless look that has just the right amount of attitude.

The Scent: Classic and unexpected notes collide in harmony—first reaching the nose with a rush of British lavender, followed by an intoxicating orange blossom and a deep vetiver baseline.

Burberry Brit Rhythm for women and for men is available online and in store.

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Iconic designer Tory Burch’s approach to beauty reflects her fashion philosophy of understated chic. Feminine and tomboy. Clean and polished. Glowing skin, a hint of color, a modern yet classic scent. With Tory’s collection of makeup, bath and body products and fragrance now available at Nordstrom, we wanted to connect with the busy entrepreneur and style maven for a few quick questions:

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Supermodel, tsunami survivor and founder of the Happy Hearts Fund Petra Nemcova has partnered with Clinique to help children around the world. Together they’re promoting a limited-edition Clinique Happy Heart Perfume Spray and A Different Nail Enamel in ‘Happy’, with a portion of the proceeds for both going toward rebuilding schools in communities devastated by natural disasters.

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From tree decorating to caroling, it’s no wonder so many people call this ‘The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.’ Take on the season of merrymaking and holiday-proof your home with a few of our favorite aromatic scents.

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You probably won’t find many feasts where thanks are being given for beauty products, but we think they deserve a little love today too. We polled a portion of our beauty team to find out what they’re most beholden to among their cosmetics crop:

 

I’m thankful for my CLARISONIC® Skincare Brush because I’ve been using it for almost ten years, and am convinced that’s how many years it has taken off my face! It’s probably the reason I’ve been carded twice in the last six months. —Kate Fannin, Beauty Trend Editor

 

 

I’m thankful for my Clé de Peau Concealer, because it’s the perfect travel companion for easy touch-ups on the go. With just one product, it’s bon voyage to dark circles, spots and unwanted imperfections! —Debra Redmond, National Beauty Director

 

 

I’m thankful for my diptyque ‘Do Son’ Eau de Toilette, because this scent takes me back to my honeymoon in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. It’s such a beautiful white floral fragrance, so clean and fresh. —Natalie Kraft, Beauty Marketing Manager

 

 

I’m thankful for my Yves Saint Laurent Baby Doll Mascara, because I’m an incurable night-owl, and this eye-opening, luscious-lash-making miracle is my key to look less Walking Dead at work. —Stefanie Frank, Beauty Features Writer

 

 

I’m thankful for my SK-II Facial Treatment Masks, because I love instant gratification, and when I use one of these in the morning, my skin glows all day. —Autumne West, Assistant Skincare Buyer

 

Happy Thanksgiving!